Burial in the Clouds

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Tuttle Publishing, 2006 - Fiction - 224 pages
The book takes the form of a war-time diary being kept by a young Japanese college student who has been inducted into the Imperial Navy at the height of World War II. He is trained as a combat pilot, but as the tide of the war turns against Japan, he is transferred to one of the new "special attack" or "kamikaze" units. The novel explores the personal histories of the kamikaze-a group of soldiers often misunderstood and mischaracterized in the West.

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About the author (2006)

Hiroyuki Agawa was born in Hiroshima in 1920. He wrote about his experiences as a student soldier and his family's survival of the bombing of Hiroshima. His major works include Kumo no bohyo and Gunkan Nagato no shogai. In 1994 Agawa was awarded the Noma Bungei Prize and in 1999 the Order of Culture.

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